Donald Trump is recklessly tweeting the United States toward a catastrophic war with North Korea.
This isn’t a joke and it’s not hyperbole.
With each rogue speech or unhinged tweet Trump makes about blowing up the reclusive regime, North Korean officials fire back with greater intensity. Just yesterday, following the flight of U.S. bombers near North Korea, their foreign minister threatened to shoot down American warplanes.
Experts from across the political spectrum are becoming increasingly worried that the United States is headed toward an entirely preventable war on the Korean peninsula. This is precisely the situation former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry was warning about when he said,“[t]he danger is that we would blunder in a nuclear war by … a conventional military conflict and a conventional war escalating into that.”
Think about that: We’re racing towards nuclear war.
It’s clear that Donald Trump thinks he can “win” this crisis by making one threat after another, but so far, his actions are only making a bad situation dramatically worse. Thankfully, Donald Trump isn’t the only elected leader we have. We need Congress to speak up and immediately work towards a diplomatic intervention that would ease tensions with North Korea, begin talks to find an actual solution to the crisis, and speak out against Trump’s reckless rhetoric that’s driving us to war.
We’ve got our work cut out for us. Some members of Congress are defending Trump’s dangerous behavior while others are openly calling on the United States to attack North Korea without provocation.
Experts warn it’s possible that the North Koreans view Trump’s bluster as a precursor to a U.S.-led attack, provoking them to strike first. In fact, the North Korean foreign minister said as much yesterday, calling Trump’s speech at the United Nations, “a declaration of war.”
We are in a very dangerous situation and we cannot let Trump’s warmongering go unanswered.